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"Presidential Term Limits in Africa"
According to a report by Afrobarometer, a non-partisan pan-African research organization, a majority of Africans says they favor presidential term limits despite an alarming trend that a number of African leaders are bending the rules and amending constitutions to stay in power. Rwandan lawmakers earlier this month approved a measure that would pave the way for President Paul Kagame to seek re-election when his second term ends in 2017. In neighboring Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza's recently won his bid for a controversial third term. Burundi's constitution, like Rwanda's, has a two-term limit for presidents. But Burundi's constitutional court, however, ruled Mr. Nkurunziza eligible to seek re-election because he was first elected by parliament, not voters, in 2005. Meanwhile, elections are also looming in several other African nations whose presidents have already served two or more terms. These include Gambia, Djibouti, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all of which have no term limits.
Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the reluctance of some African leaders to relinquish power when their terms are nearing an end.
VOA Central Africa Service
One on One with Newsmaker Guest:
Senior Advisor to Burundian President Pierre Nkrunziza
Via Phone: Bujumbura, Burundi
Washington Studio Guests:
Major Robert Higiro
Coordinator for Belgium, Democracy in Rwanda Now
and former Rwandan Army Major
American University's Washington School of Law Adjunct Professor
World Press Photojournalist and Blogger
Question of the Week:
Many Africans favor presidential term limits, tell us why you think the restrictions are good or bad for your country?
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